5 Green Ways to Experience Belize

Posted on Friday, July 3rd, 2015

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Photo by Tony Rath

Experience the Green Side of Belize’s Personality at Chabil Mar

There’s a reason travelers are enamoured of destinations showcasing our planet’s fragile state: Given global warming, industrial pollution, vanishing rainforests and climate change, green initiatives have never been more critical if we’re to protect the environment for future generations. Belize is committed to sustainable living, so in the spirit of the green movement, visit Chabil Mar Resort to get a bird’s eye view of natural treasures that abound in and around Placencia.

ATM cave in belize

See the ATM Cave. Archaeologists call it an epicenter of spirituality for the ancient Mayas. Visitors call it wondrous. Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Cave is that unique. Exotic rituals took place on this sacred ground in the past; from celebrations to ritual sacrifice, this was a holy place. Only small groups are permitted to visit at any given time, but Chabil Mar staff can arrange yours. Be forewarned that traveling to ATM includes a daunting trek through water, so forget wearing nice clothing.

Howler Monkey Chabil Mar Belize Resort
Take a Monkey River Eco-tour. The howler monkeys won’t care what you wear, but if you opt for a day trip here, you’ll learn amazing things about an area that’s retained its ecological balance despite the incursion of humanity and construction. Trained guides arranged by Chabil Mar staff point out wildlife scurrying on and around riverbanks, including Manatees, Dolphins, tropical birds and reptiles. The stars of this tour? Aptly-named Howler Monkeys. They’re so loud, you may have to ask guides to repeat information on flora and fauna twice.

Visit Laughing Bird Caye. Explore a sliver of an island 11 miles from Placencia that’s so rich in coral and marine life, it’s a protected area under Belize’s National Parks System Act and was proclaimed a UN World Heritage site. Named for an endangered species—the Laughing Gull—this caye was once a crowded breeding ground but gulls moved to more remote atolls as a result of humans visiting too often. Chabil Mar-organized tours to this caye give travelers a unique perspective on our planet’s fragility.

scuba diving in belize

Scuba dive and snorkel off Placencia. The sheer number of diving and snorkeling packages offered by Chabil Mar is impressive. Partnering with village dive center professionals, select from multiple packages that include equipment, guidance and instruction. Whether you’re a newbie or an experienced diver, take this opportunity to witness ecological wonders beneath the Caribbean Sea that harken back to Earth’s origins. Specialized dives include an annual Whale Shark dive experience, so if that’s your cup of tea, do inquire.

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Chabil Mar Resort. It’s a delicate balance to maintain a luxury resort while respecting the environment, but Chabil Mar Resort contributes consciously to Belize’s green living mission. Architects used hardwoods from self-renewing forested areas to construct the resort and craft furnishings within accommodations. Energy-saving practices are prioritized by resort staff. Lush gardens of natural plantings are everywhere and guests are encouraged to borrow bicycles and golf carts to get around to keep air pollution in check. Chabil Mar has been honoured by notable organizations for undertaking so many green efforts. Come see what it’s like to stay in a green lap of luxury!


USA Today recommends Belize as a prime location for a destination wedding

Posted on Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Cake & Fruit Wedding Chabil Mar Resort BelizeThe popular website www.usatoday.com is recommending Belize as a prime location for a destination wedding on a budget.

Here is what Jane Reynolds, the author of the article says about Belize:

Belize offers visitors more diversity than your run-of-the-mill beach destination, and flight prices are about the same as those you’d find to popular wedding locales such as Mexico. Not only does Belize boast beautiful sandy beaches, but it’s also home to lush rainforests, Mayan ruins and the second-largest barrier reef in the world. And once you’re there, it’s easy enough to save some green — and go green, for that matter. Belize has very few expensive mega-resorts and instead is dotted by eco-lodges and inns where room and board can be found cheap — if you’re willing to give up some “luxuries” such as air-conditioning and Wi-Fi. Another perk? With lobster being a local specialty, it comes much cheaper here than stateside, so you can impress wedding guests with a lobster dinner for a lot less.

See also: 21 reasons to get married in Belize and A fantastic Belize wedding review

Destin Florida, Vermont, Sedona Arizona, Dominican Republic, Savannah Georgia, Jamaica, and Lake Tahoe California were the other destinations that made it on the list.

Interested in getting married in Belize? Email our Concierge at: concierge{@}chabilmarvillas.com or contact our Reservations Manager at:reservations{@}chabilmarvillas.com. Or perhaps you would like to call toll free from the US or Canada: 1-866-417-2377.


“Morning Matters” TV Show features Chabil Mar Resort

Posted on Friday, June 26th, 2015

morning show hostThe “Morning Matters” TV and Radio Show which is hosted by Rhonda Crichton, known locally as the “Oprah Winfrey of Belize” visited Placencia Village for the Lobsterfest Event this past weekend and stayed at Chabil Mar to experience the resort and its exclusive amenities.

Here is what Crichton says about Chabil Mar:

The “Morning Matters” Show not only airs daily on the popular Channel 7 TV Station in Belize but it is also syndicated in Barbados, Grenada ,and Trinidad.



Think R&R Stands for Rest & Relaxation? In Belize, it’s All about Reefs & Rainforests!

Posted on Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

belize honeymoon vacation packagesVacationers looking for Mother Nature’s personal hideaway will find it amid the spectacular reefs and rainforests in the heart of Belize. Whether your dream can be fulfilled by diving a coral reef, snorkeling or fishing—or perhaps you’ve longed to spend time in rainforests where bio-diversity surrounds you—find both here in Belize.

But why settle for one experience when green season prices give you twice as much value for your money? By choosing a rainforest and reef vacation package, you stay at an award-winning resort like Chabil Mar and an award winning resort partner, both of which are in close proximity to the most outstanding forests, jungles and reefs of all.

What can you expect if you’re lucky enough to partake of what’s fondly known as a “swimsuit and hiking boot” experience in Belize? Seven days of nonstop activity, fun and excitement minus the fussy wardrobe! A Belize jungle and sea adventure includes a second resort location, so when you’re not at Chabil Mar, tuck into a Chaa Creek cottage and enjoy meals as part of the all-inclusive reef and rainforest package. Dessert? That’s the 365-acre nature reserve that surrounds you at Chaa Creek.

xunantunichSet off on excursions to fascinating Mayan ruins, each of which is unique. Tikal, an ancient Maya City in Guatemala is not far away from the border of Belize and treats you to awe-inspiring palaces, temples and courtyards. Visit Barton Creek Cave for a completely different Maya experience. Within this fascinating cave are artifacts, relics and remains that depict a different aspect of Mayan culture: rather than living in the sophisticated dwellings built at Tikal, this underworld of dark mystery housed indigenous peoples, all of whom disappeared without a trace.

While you’ve got those hiking boots on, guides will take you through a magical butterfly farm, satisfy your curiosity at the area’s natural history center, lead you on nature walks through landscaping that’s lush and exotic and you’ll find more historical wonder at the Xunantunich Maya site. When you’ve had your fill, it’s time to change into your swimming togs for a seaside adventure using Chabil Mar as your home base.

Set off early from your luxury villa where meals are included in your package. Stroll 400-feet of private beach to get your feet wet before going to the Great Belize Barrier Reef for your fill of diving, snorkeling and/or fishing. If you prefer to take water sports into your own hands, paddle out to sea onboard a kayak courtesy of Chabil Mar or take a Monkey River boat ride to see for yourself just how loud those Howler Monkeys can be.

Perhaps you’re asking: How can I cram all of this into just one week? Won’t it cost me a fortune? The answer is no: It’s summer season in Belize so the crowds are gone and your resort hosts are prepared to treat you like you’re the only guest on premises. They’ll fine tune your tour schedule like a symphony conductor making sure every instrument is pitch perfect.

Given green season prices, fewer crowds and hosts ready to treat you to the best Belize has to offer, taking a pass on an R&R vacation right now makes absolutely no sense! Strike while the opportunity is hot by booking immediately—and don’t bother packing a big suitcase. Visitors have been known to arrive with swimsuits, hiking boots and very little else.

A Fantastic Wedding Review

Posted on Friday, June 19th, 2015

Ceremony Wedding on Beach 1 Chabil Mar Resort Belize

Placencia is a perfect wedding destination in Belize

The Chabil Mar Management and Staff were delighted to receive a mesmerizing wedding review on TripAdvisor this week of past guests who celebrated their wonderful wedding ceremony at Chabil Mar.

Here is what the couple had to say about their wedding experience:

“So beautiful and such an amazing group of people!! What an amazing experience!”

My husband and I traveled with a large group of our family and friends to Chabil Mar Villas for our destination wedding on June 6, 2015.

I am still in awe of how wonderful the staff here is and how nicely we were treated. We felt like we were family to the team of staff members here and we were constantly being offered food, beverages, fresh towels etc. It seemed like someone was always available no matter what we needed whether it was help with getting kayaks or paddle boards in and out of the water or someone offering to place our food or drink order to be delivered anywhere we wanted at the resort.

I know I was definitely amazed at the love that is given to the landscaping on the grounds of Chabil Mar and I enjoyed just walking around and marveling at all of the wonderful plants and topiaries created by the gardeners.
I was so impressed at how every little detail of our wedding was handled by Ms. Althea! She went above and beyond my expectations and every little detail was covered without stress on my part. It was like she knew exactly what I wanted and created it and handled everything up until the last minute of the reception.

A HUGE thank you to Althea and all of the amazing staff at Chabil Mar for a dream come true wedding day and family vacation!! We loved the bartenders, the reservation and concierge staff, the wait staff, the chefs, the beach captains and the gardeners. The food from Cafe Mar is hands down the best food we have ever eaten. I think everyone in our group stated that at one point or another.

We are already planning our next trip back here most likely in the next year and I can’t wait! No wonder this place is rated number one on Trip Advisor. We also heard from a lot of locals from Placencia Village that this is THE nicest resort!

Below are three beautiful photos of the wedding celebration:

Photos by Powers Studios – www.powersstudios.com

Lounge Dusk Chabil Mar Resort Belize

Dance Chabil Mar Resort Belize

Cake & Fruit Wedding Chabil Mar Resort Belize

The Management and Staff of Chabil Mar are already looking forward to hosting the couple next year.

For information about have a wedding in Belize, feel free to chat with our Concierge at: concierge{@}chabilmarvillas.com or contact our Reservations Manager at:reservations{@}chabilmarvillas.com. Or perhaps you would like to call toll free from the US or Canada: 1-866-417-2377.

See also:

Five Great Reasons to Honeymoon in Belize Where Romance Blooms Year-round

21 Reasons to Get Married in Belize